The mission of the University Research Board (URB) is to encourage and support quality research across all disciplines at the American University of Beirut. The URB promotes basic, innovative and applied research; inter-and multi-disciplinary research; production of scholarly and creative works. In accordance with the mission of the University, the URB supports research that addresses the multiple challenges faced by the region. The URB recognizes the crucial importance of freedom of thought and expression to research excellence and the advancement of knowledge. It serves as an advocate for adherence to high standards of research ethics, integrity and conduct.